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ICC premises (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
12 September 2017 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Several African governments complain that the ICC has been targeting Africans. But national authorities are by no means powerless when it comes to the court. Here are fifteen – successful - strategies that governments and allies have been using to keep the ICC off their backs.

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A Syrian refugee walks among severely damaged buildings in downtown Homs, Syria, on June 3, 2014. (Photo: Flickr/Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)
09 March 2017 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

International law experts, officials and NGO’s met in The Hague Thursday to help set up an new United Nations body to gather evidence of war crimes in Syria to ensure possible prosecution at a later date. 

The new body called the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) for Syria is “to serve as a hub for gathering evidence for all crimes in Syria”, said Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders who hosted the meeting of over 150 professionals.

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09 May 2012 by -

“The purpose of the Residual Special Court (RSCSL) is to carry out the functions of the Special Court for Sierra Leone that must continue after the closure of the Special Court,” states the RSCSL Statute. But in the wake of the Taylor judgement and almost two years after the RSCSL agreement signed between Freetown and the UN, questions are being asked as to how much is actually in place today to ensure the Court’s legacy.

By Geraldine Coughlan, The Hague

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